An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences. On this page, you can find out more about apprenticeships.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a paid job where the employee learns and gains valuable experiences.
Alongside on-the-job training, apprentices spend at least 20% of their working hours completing classroom-based learning with a college, university or training provider which leads to a nationally recognised qualification
An apprenticeship includes:
- paid employment with holiday leave
- hands-on-experience in a sector/role of interest
- at least 20% off-the-job training
- formal assessment which leads to a nationally recognised qualification
Who can apply?
An apprenticeship is a great paid work opportunity for people over the age of 16 in England who are:
- early in their career
- looking to upskill in their current job
- looking for a career-change
- not in full-time education
Different apprenticeship levels equate to different qualification levels.
An apprenticeship can start at any level, but some may require
- previous qualifications such as English or maths GCSEs
- additional training in English or maths to ensure the apprentice is at the right level
One of the following qualification levels will be achieved depending on the apprenticeship level:
|Equivalent education level
|A level or T Level
|4,5,6 and 7
|Foundation degree and above
|6 and 7
|Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Apprenticeships are an exciting paid option for anyone wanting to gain experience, upskill or change career because they offer the chance to earn a wage whilst they work and study.
There are many benefits to completing an apprenticeship, which include:
- experience and skills development
- a nationally recognised qualification (with no tuition fees)
- employee benefits and a wage
- exposure to industry professionals
Find out more
You can find out more about apprenticeships, including all accredited apprenticeship vacancies here